Peterborough gym triumphs at House of Commons awards ceremony

Craig Green training at the YMCA Gym at the Cresset EMN-150225-134801009
Craig Green training at the YMCA Gym at the Cresset EMN-150225-134801009
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A Peterborough gym has emerged victorious at a House of Commons ceremony.

The YMCA Gym, based at The Cresset, Bretton, triumphed at the Accessible Britain Challenge Awards 2015.

Gym co-ordinator and potential Paralympian Craig Green was there to pick up the award in the category for ‘Innovative use of buildings, spaces and places’.

Cyclist Craig swapped lycra for black tie on Thursday (March 12) to pick up the award having beaten off competition from another Peterborough-based contender in the Nene Park Trust.

The victory marks a stunning turnaround in fortunes for Craig who was jailed five years ago for growing cannabis.

He now hopes to be on the plane to Rio for next year’s Paralympics.

It was an absolute pleasure to attend and to meet individuals who are so committed to making Britain more accessible.

Mark Harper

Craig was born with a rare condition called Poland syndrome which limits the use of his right hand and pectoral muscle.

The awards recognise those making an outstanding contribution to inclusive and accessible communities for the 12.2 million disabled people across the UK.

Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper, said: “What’s so special about these awards is that nominations were made by disabled individuals or organisations.

“People came forward to nominate these finalists because they know from first-hand experience that the work they do is life-changing.

“It was an absolute pleasure to attend and to meet individuals who are so committed to making Britain more accessible.”

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